Month: August 2018

Just the Discs – Episode 69 – IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS

On this episode, Kalyn Corrigan returns to talk IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS and the new Scream Factory Blu-ray – also included in this discussion is a run down of Brian and Kalyn’s Top Three Carpenter film favorites at the end of the show.

The Magic Lantern: Episode 084 – Funeral Parade of Roses

I only saw Toshio Matsumoto’s Funeral Parade of Roses (1969) for the first time a few years ago and immediately wondered where this movie had been all my life. I always love it when I discover something like this that blows my expectations into tiny pieces. This pioneering LGBTQ film takes the myth of Oedipus and puts it through the wringer, trying it in every conceivable register from melodrama to farce to experimentalism. I am sometimes wary of taking on a film that is so firmly part and parcel of a subculture that I am not a member of. I never want it to come off as tourism, so I hope our sincere love of this comes through. It’s a valuable experience for me specifically because I don’t belong to this subculture. I don’t know about you, but one of the most important things movies do for me is to provide a window to worlds that I either do not or cannot inhabit. Sometimes that is strictly a function of the time I live in, sometimes it’s a function of how I live. In this case, it’s both, so this makes for an exhilarating trip through the gay underground of 1969 Tokyo. Matsumoto really hits me where I live with his tendency to dissect the filmmaking process, even while the process is actually going on. I’m already on board with the cinematic experimentation. Add to that his characters performing the radical act, which is a sad thing to have to say, of being comfortable in their own skin, regardless of what society at large says, and you are appealing to the punk rock part of me that will never die. If you are interested in the history of queer cinema or you just want to see something that is unlike anything else out there, you owe it to yourself to see this film.

What you’ll find in this episode: Oedipus wrecked, urinals as symbols of fate, Ericca’s Red Shoe Diaries period, Ericca’s period, period, and a groovy new direction for our movie nights.

– Cole

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Funeral Parade of Roses on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of All About Eve.
Cole’s further viewing pick of Un chant d’amour.
A nice examination of the short films and videos of Toshio Matsumoto.
A brief look at Japan’s gender bending history.
A handy travel guide to the Shinjuku district.

Criterion Now – Episode 65 – November 2018 Announcements, Teal, John Waters

Cole and Ericca join to dish about the November 2018 Announces, which were surprisingly strong even with the Bergman box having already been announced. We also get into the Teal controversy with certain films, and Cole gives a spirited take on the issue. We talk at length about the coolness of John Waters and Sam Fuller, the Canadian Film Board, and even Susan Seidelman. Excuse the massive storm during the latter third of the show. Can’t avoid nature sometimes.

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Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.

GTGM Episode 85: Can’t Stop The Music (1980)

As part of the focus group for the new direction of the Milk campaign, both Jamie and Doug agree that the ‘Does A Body Good’ is a more effective message with opportunities for all sorts of clever ads. However, on the way out Doug asks if it’s possible to get a personal copy of the ‘Milkshake’ commercial.

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Just the Discs – Episode 68 – Private Eyes!

Guest Patrick Bromley (of F This Movie and Corpse Club) returns to the show to talk about three private eye films: HARPER (Warner Archive), GUMSHOE (Indicator) and V.I. WARSHAWSKI (Kino Lorber).

The Complete Kubrick: The Supplemental Kubrick

To wrap up the first season, Matt and Travis cover books and documentaries about Kubrick, while also touching on his unproduced films and their big takeaways from watching Kubrick’s work in chronological order.

The Supplemental Kubrick

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Criterion Now – Episode 64 – Mark & Aaron Anniversary Special, Claire Denis, Arrow Academy, Oscar Changes

Aaron West and Mark Hurne first started podcasting together 3-years ago. Over that time, a lot has changed and a lot has stayed the same. Still friends, still podcasting together, still having a great experience. We indulge somewhat on this episode and get away from the typical format. We reminisce about our experiences together, and then we discuss topics that aren’t usually covered on the show. We touch on Criterion including the Claire Denis closet video, but we also branch out into other topics such as other films we’ve seen, Arrow Academy November 2018 announcements, and the changes to the Oscar lineup.

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Music for the show is from Fatboy Roberts’ Geek Remixed project.

Film Baby Film: Episode 22 – All The President’s Men

Guests Matthew Speredelozzi and Tracy Hresko Pearl, lawyers and culture vultures both, join the podcast to discuss All The President’s Men, Nixon, and whether or not we are going to impeach the current President of these United States. Heavy topics, but both of them make light work of it.

Just the Discs – Episode 67 – A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH MEMOIRS…

On this episode, Brian is joined by guest Bill Ackerman (of the Supporting Characters and From the Neighborhood Podcasts) to talk about Powell and Pressburger’s A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH (Criterion) and John Carpenter’s MEMOIRS OF AN INVISIBLE MAN (Scream Factory).

The Magic Lantern: Episode 083 – Chinatown

It is a very great pleasure to revisit something you think you know well and find new facets and new dots to connect. That was certainly the case for both Cole and I when coming back to Chinatown (Polanski, 1974), though we have both seen it multiple times. There is the recurring motif of flawed vision and the lenses we use to try to understand the world, which I had never really put together. There were relatively little things like “apple core” = Albacore, and the visual connection drawn for us from the desert to the ocean. I only just learned that Faye Dunaway pushed for that very specific eye wound in order to draw a parallel to Oedipus and that Polanski urged Jack Nicholson to speak faster for the sake of film length, to no avail. What a different film could have resulted without the unhurried and yet efficient pace.

There is a lot to unpack and explore in this neo noir classic, and that is without broaching the discussion we must have when the lens of history focuses on the artist and away from the art. We began this discussion in the episode and would love to hear your thoughts. What happens when the actions of the auteur overshadow the work? Does timeline matter? Do the other artists and technicians at work make a difference? Do you revisit work you love and make a new assessment of it?

I hope you come back to Chinatown and look for those things you missed, as well as ask yourself these questions.

What you’ll find in this episode: should the art be separated from the artist, what other thorny films Ericca is planning to tackle next, and recurring motifs in the film.

– Ericca

Links and Recommendations:
Check out Chinatown on IMDB.
Ericca’s further viewing pick of The Big Fix.
Cole’s further viewing pick of The Kid Stays in the Picture.
Mr. Show does Robert Evans.
A discussion of Chinatown by the filmmakers and principals.
The construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.